*NEW* Air Quality Safety Tips

With the increasing number of wildfires along the West Coast, poor air quality has become a high safety concern. We have added graphics from National Weather Service and California Air Resources Board for you to download and share with your community on Neighbors. 

Here's how to post a graphic:

Step 1: Download the graphics below.

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Step 3: Fill out the post details and upload the graphic to share. 

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Air Quality Impacts Your Health

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Sample message: 
“If a wildfire is currently affecting air quality in your area, protect your family from the negative health impacts of wildfire smoke by staying indoors” (Source: National Weather Service)


 

Air Quality Alerts

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Sample message: 
“Do you know what to do if an air quality alert is issued? Stay inside, stay informed, minimize your use of vehicles and other gas-powered machines, and do not burn debris or other items. Visit weather.gov/safety/airquality for more #AirQuality safety tips. #WeatherReady.” (Source: National Weather Service)


 

Poor Air Quality Can Be Dangerous

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Sample message: 
“According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 125 million people in the U.S. are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Stay Weather-Ready by learning about air quality and how it can affect your health: weather.gov/airquality.” (Source: National Weather Service)


 

Air Quality Index

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Sample message: 
“For real-time updates on air quality and smoke near you, visit the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map or the U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program.” (Source: California Air Resources Board)


 

Protect Yourself from Smoke

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Sample message: 
“If a wildfire is currently affecting air quality in your area, protect your family from the negative health impacts of wildfire smoke by following these tips.” (Source: California Air Resources Board)


 

Create a Cleaner Air Space

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Sample message: 
“If a wildfire is currently affecting air quality in your area, protect your family from the negative health impacts of wildfire smoke by staying indoors and following these tips.” (Source: California Air Resources Board)


 

Wildfire Smoke's Biggest Health Concern

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Sample message: 
“Wildfires produce a range of harmful air pollutants, from known cancer-causing substances to tiny particles that can aggravate existing health problems and increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Particulate matter (PM) is the principal pollutant of concern from wildfire smoke for the relatively short-term exposures (hours to weeks) typically experienced by the public. Particles from smoke tend to be very small (with diameters of 2.5 micrometers and smaller). They are small enough to get deep into the lungs and the tiniest, ultrafine particles can pass directly into the bloodstream. The association between PM2.5 and heart and lung health effects is well documented in scientific literature.

Larger and more frequent and intense wildfires are a growing public health problem, contributing to reduced air quality for people living near or downwind of fire. Health problems related to wildfire smoke exposure can be as mild as eye and respiratory tract irritation and as serious as worsening of heart and lung disease, including asthma, and even premature death.” (Source: California Air Resources Board)

 

 

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